Contest: Devise a Silly “Grammar” Rule

Allan Metcalf over at the Lingua Franca blog is sponsoring a contest to solicit new bogus grammar/usage rules.

The example that Metcalf gives is to use “centered on” as opposed to “centered around.”

The rule you propose must be new. It can’t be in any standard usage manual. But it should look “venerable.” It should have a false patina of respectability and erudition.

The contest ends 10 October. The prize is one of Metcalf’s books.

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